News update: SA secures vaccines for 10% of population, and Germany closes borders

 News update: SA secures vaccines for 10% of population, and Germany closes borders

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SA secures vaccines for 10% of population

After having missed the payment for the Covax vaccine programme more than once, SA has finally made the down payment needed to secure some vaccines. The delays were attributed to administrative issues, according to Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize. The National Department of Health, in cooperation with the Solidarity Fund, announced that the down payment of R283m has finally been made to Gavi, the international vaccine alliance.
However, this is only 15% of the total cost of the vaccine programme, offering only 10%, or six million people, the chance of being vaccinated against Covid-19, this without taking into consideration the new variation of the virus currently spreading in SA and the UK, with the vaccine currently targeted at the original strain. According to the department’s director general, Dr Sandile Buthelezi, the department will make additional payments for the programme early next year. Buthelezi has also said that it will be within the provided deadlines.

Germany closes its borders to UK and SA residents until January 6

Bans on arrivals from South Africa, Britain and Northern Ireland have been extended in German until January 6, following the discovery of a new, more infectious Covid-19 variant in these countries. The travel ban applies to passenger traffic by means of train, bus, ship and flights originating directly from the affected countries. From January 1, people who have valid residency permits will be allowed to return to Germany. Any travellers who have arrived from the affected countries, or who have spent time there during the past ten days must be tested for Covid-19. The existing quarantine rules in place for arrivals from areas identified as high risk will remain in effect.

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